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“Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development in Host Communities” Capacity-Building Workshop of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network

  • Starts: Mar 19, 2018
  • Ends: Mar 22, 2018
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • By: CMI

    In the context of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN), the CMI is organizing a capacity building workshop “Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development in Host Communities”, targeted at local government representatives, local economic development practitioners and experts. The workshop will take place March 19 to 22, 2018 in Amman, Jordan, in the context of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN) and will be organized in partnership with Greater Amman Municipality, the World Bank, UN-Habitat, the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), and United Cities Local Government – Middle East and Wester Asia (UCLG-MEWA).


    The theme "Strategic planning for Local Economic Development" was identified by the HMLN as one of the priority solutions for host local governments to improve the welfare of their communities in a protracted refugee crisis context. A strategic planning approach to Local Economic Development (LED) can help local governments to better identify their assets and challenges, arbitrate for better integrated actions - such as providing a favorable business environment for investors, facilitating entrepreneurship and home-based businesses - and ultimately better implement LED actions. Developing LED solutions supports host local governments in responding to the forced displacement crisis by enabling refugees and vulnerable populations to contribute to the local welfare.


    The HMLN is facilitated by the CMI since May 2016, to strengthen the response capacity of local governments affected by the refugee crisis. The network now consists of about 100 staff and elected representatives from local governments in Jordan, Iraq and Kurdistan, Lebanon, Palestinian territories and Turkey, who participated to face-to-face workshops, webinars, and online discussions on their dedicated virtual platform. For more information on the HMLN:




    The regional capacity building workshop aims at

    -  improving capacities in local economic development planning for communities hosting refugees / forcibly displaced in the Middle East, Turkey and beyond

    - supporting regional peer-learning among host local governments, and

    - strengthening the regional network (HMLN).


    It will consist of a 3-day training and a field visit providing customized methodological tools for host local governments, peer-to-peer exchange of experience, and applied working group session. Translation will be provided in English and Arabic only.




    It is targeting about 45 staff and elected representatives of local governments from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Turkey, Iraq and Kurdistan, with selected participants from other countries, in relevance with the theme. Local Government participants will be selected through a “Call for Participants”, based on a few eligibility and selection criteria (including relevance to the training topic, completion of a LED self-assessment questionnaire, and active involvement in the HMLN for existing members).



    -  Launch of the Call for Participants: December 28, 2018

    - Pre-Selection Applications forms to be filled by : January 10, 2018

    - Pre-selected participants will be informed, and will receive the mandatory self-assessment survey to complete: January 15, 2018

    - Deadline for completion of the self-assessment survey in order to confirm participation:  January 29, 2018

    - Final Selection Announcement: February 4, 2018.


    The Call for Participants will be available here on CMI Website in by the end of December 2018, please stay posted for further announcement.




    - Draft Concept Note

    - Call for Participants – Eligibility and Selection Criteria